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RE: Tire covers

I use them when we're staying somewhere for more than a few days such as when we are in Florida in the winter. It may be debatable as to whether I really need to when I prefer to replace tires before they become a problem i.e. even with our rig stored indoors, I will probably replace them by year 7, sooner if needed.
scbwr 06/16/20 06:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help in Purchasing Class A Motorhome

For a gas motor home, I'd suggest going with Newmar or Tiffin or possibly one of the better Winnebago models. Of course, when buying used, it's all about condition and service records. We bought our Bay Star in 2018 and in our search, so many of the used rigs were in need of repairs, extensive remodeling, etc. We started out thinking of finding something in the 2005-2008 range, but after looking, we increased our budget and went with a 2012 Bay Star. If you look carefully, you'll see the difference between the different makes. I'm sure we could have been equally happy with a Tiffin or the right Winnebago/Itasca. Having looked at some of the newer, less expensive Winnebago rigs, I wouldn't buy them. They've cut a lot of corners to make them lower priced, and I think you're better off buying a higher quality rig, even if it is a little older.
scbwr 06/16/20 06:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Durable tire recommendation

I've owned several sets of Maxxis tires when I had travel trailers. They were very good tires and received good reviews on the forums.
scbwr 05/14/20 04:07am Towing
RE: Windshield Wiper Nut Cover For a 2017 Newmar Ventana

Contact Newmar parts and just order one through them!
scbwr 04/27/20 04:43am Tech Issues
RE: When this is over

When this is over: Do as much camping/traveling in our Bay Star as possible. Enjoy hugging and holding our granddaughter that we haven't held since February! Enjoy a family reunion with our two sons and their wives. Travel to MD to see my sister that I haven't seen in over a year! Enjoy visiting friends and social activities in our community. Enjoy sharing a meal in our favorite restaurants. More importantly: Count our blessings that we've gotten through this crisis without any losses in our family. Continue to express gratitude for all those folks that played major roles in helping people during this crisis and do what we can to help those that have suffered personal and financial losses during the crisis.
scbwr 04/27/20 04:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Quality used Class A's

Re the Ford V10 - I wouldn't hesitate to get the 5 speed transmission. It was a big improvement over the 4 speed. And, I would also suggest getting a 5 Star Tune if you purchase a 4 or 5 speed transmission rig. As to quality gas motor-homes, my answer is Newmar, Tiffin, or Winnebago/Itasca. I have to say I'm really impressed by our 2012 Newmar. The overall insulation is very good...we've been very comfortable in some mid-teen temps with the propane furnace doing its job. Also, there's enough heat diverted to the fresh water bay to keep the water flowing. Because of their wall design and double pane windows (at least on ours), the interior is very quiet. Ours is just shy of 34' and I will tell you that in very hot temperatures, you need two AC units. Good luck on your search! If I can answer any questions, just send me a PM.
scbwr 04/19/20 11:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just curious......

Never had a diesel truck, but over time, I came to this conclusion re tow vehicles and towing. All you can do is make sure your truck is running properly and up to specs. After that, any checking of gas mileage is only good for monitoring any change that could be indicative of a problem. Otherwise, ignore the mileage as it's never that good when you are pulling a trailer with flat surface areas that create so much drag and resistance. There are no "miracle cures". The only thing you can do is keep your speed down, manage gear shifts where applicable, accelerate gently when possible and keep the truck in top condition. Aside from that, fill the tank when necessary and just enjoy the ride!
scbwr 04/12/20 05:15am Travel Trailers
RE: ONAN generator no start

Did you check the circuit breakers on the generator? Remove the cover and (at least on my generator), you will find rocker switches for the circuit breakers. I've had mine trip and the first time it happened, I would press the start button on the dash, and all I would get was the clicking sound of the generator trying to start. Once I removed the cover and flipped the circuit breaker switches, the problem was solved.
scbwr 04/12/20 04:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which motorhome to buy

For overall quality, I'd start with Newmar or Tiffin with Winnebago as a third option. With Winnebago, just pay attention to which product line it is as I think their lower end models are not even comparable to any gas Tiffin or Newmar. With your budget, I'd say that you may have to buy something a little older than a 2017....and if you find the right unit, save some money. We bought our 2012 Bay Star a couple of years ago and it was in superb condition, but it did need new tires. Since you are considering a gas motor home, research the many modifications that are popular for improving the handling of the motor home and know what modifications have been made on any unit you are considering. There is a ton of information about popular mods such as the cheap handling fix (CHF), rear track bars, front stabilizers, Sumo springs. My Bay Star already had better rear tracking bar installed along with Sumo springs (front & rear). I found that getting the front end aligned, and adjusting tire pressure based on axle weight improved the handling. I had a Roadmaster stabilizer installed on the front, and that helped plus provides a little "insurance" in the event of a front tire blowout. Good luck in your search! Take your time and find one that has good service records and will meet your needs.
scbwr 04/05/20 06:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refinancing an RV

As stated, no harm in seeing if another lender can give you a lower rate without a bunch of closing fees. If that doesn't work, you can also save interest costs by increasing your monthly payment. Every little bit you add helps lower your principal balance which lowers your interest amount. Just make sure your lender applies any extra payment towards the principal. The lender on my motorhome purchase was taking my extra amount and applying it to the next payment. When I contacted them, they corrected the situation and adjusted my previous payment accordingly i.e. as payments towards principal.
scbwr 03/28/20 05:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Sold our Vegas 24.1 and now looking bigger

Our 2012 Bay Star has a gas generator (gas motorhome). I wouldn't want my generator to be LP fueled. If you're looking at a DP, then look for one with a diesel fueled generator. In our search for a gas motorhome, we definitely felt that Newmar and Tiffin units were our first choices followed by Winnebago/Itasca. If searching for a DP, there would be more choices and I have no experience with DPs. Good luck in your search!
scbwr 03/17/20 01:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2012 Winnebago Vista 35F

I've read quite a few posts indicating that the ride quality tends to be better with 22' tires. Based upon a brief search, I think the 2012 Vista has the Schwintek slide out mechanism on the larger slide. That would make me very nervous as there were many problems with the system when used with larger slide outs. We had a Winnebago travel trailer with a Schwintek slide out mechanism on a smaller slide out. I never had any problems with it, but from what I've read, I would avoid them on larger or full wall slide outs. I would also suggest looking at other brands, in particular Tiffin or Newmar. During our search for a used gas motorhome, we looked at quite a few units and found that Newmar, Tiffin and Winnebago were our preferred manufacturers. We're very happy with our Newmar Bay Star and find the quality to really be top drawer, especially the insulation of the unit. Newmar actually provides the R ratings for the roof, walls and roof whereas I could not find that information for the Winnebago Vista. But, I will say that the wood cabinetry of the Tiffin gas motorhomes is better than Nemar's.
scbwr 03/06/20 01:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: UpDate : Koni FSD Shocks

Koni does make all kinds of shocks, some of which are gas charged. The Koni Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) shocks, which are the title of the posting by the OP is about Koni FSD shocks, which are not gas charged. Not quite true for all FSD shocks. The Koni shocks for my 2012 F53 Chassis are the 8805 1018 (front) and 8805 1019 (rear). According to the web site, these are FSD shocks and according to the information chart, they are identified as non-adjustable FSD/active and twin tube low pressure. I'm not being critical of Koni shocks, but there are differences in their shocks for different motorhomes. For those of us with the F53 chassis, the it's difficult to determine whether the Koni shocks perform better than Biltein shocks to justify the added cost. And there are some references that the Bilstein shocks work better for the F53 chassis while the Koni shocks are much better for diesel pushers. There is a real need for some comprehensive testing to provide consumers with some accurate data as to how shocks perform on a variety of different motorhomes.
scbwr 02/29/20 11:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: UpDate : Koni FSD Shocks

I had great results from my Koni FSD shocks. My previous Monroe, and most other shocks, are gas charged which means they are under "compression" when just sitting still and they transfer even the slightest road joint bump in to the chassis. The Koni FSD shocks are NOT gas charged so they dampen all of the many small bumps that you may receive on an interstate as well as doing a great job of dampening the large bumps. Not being gas charged also means that they are an easy install. I think you will be happy with your results. Some Koni shocks are gas charged. If you go to the Koni website and look under "frequently asked questions", you can find a link for a chart of specifications for the different Koni shocks: Koni Shock specifications
scbwr 02/29/20 06:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dually valve extenders

Another vote for Borg valves. They're not cheap, but I like the way they are stabilized and you don't have to worry about that extension connection where you can't see it!
scbwr 01/10/20 05:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Fulltimer freeze concerns

I've been in low teen temps with our Bay Star and with the gas furnace running, the temps in the water bays have never been a problem. I do have two wireless temp sensors so I can monitor the temps. And, I have two small electric personal heaters (200 watts each) mounted in the water bays with thermocubes if I end up in temps where more heat is needed.
scbwr 11/14/19 06:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First trip in Class A driving in Smokey Mountains

The V-10 will do everything you want it to do. Never had an issue with my 02 V-10 Excursion and 35ft TT combined weight around 18k lbs. To add to that. I’ve been out west as well as the East. While there are more mountain roads out west, there are some in the east that rival the what can be found in the west! My next purchase will be a 5 star tune for my current MH. I had it with the Excursion and it was amazing. I’m expecting the same for my 2012. What I’m looking to do is improve on the drive by wire system. The factory programming pulls too much throttle when you really need it. I'm happy with the 5 Star Tune mod that I installed on our Bay Star. The modification to the shifting points is the most noticeable improvement and I feel it accelerates a bit better when merging onto highways or passing another vehicle. The Ford V10 meets our needs and budget. A nice DP certainly has quite a few benefits, but it comes at a price.
scbwr 11/14/19 06:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leave slide out?

There's no definitive answer so do what makes you comfortable. Personally, I'd put the slides in when not there based on the idea that if bad storms hit, it's less likely to have a problem with any water intrusion.
scbwr 11/11/19 04:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Closed threads re web problems.

I'm still having major problems with this site. I click on a thread and get the error message. I'm just trying to report the problem. I don't understand why threads regarding this problem get closed. I hope someone is able to resolve this issue. Just try this Thanks for the help. I've made the changes and I'll see how it works. If anyone is interested, the suggested fix has worked. I've been on the site many times without a problem since making the adjustments. Thanks again for the help!
scbwr 11/11/19 04:06am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: H L quality?

Manufacturer of Hy-Line trailers. I believe this may be the company you are looking for. They do make a line of travel trailers that are designed for handicap access. From what I see, their travel trailers seem to be entry level or slightly better quality. They're not very good at giving construction/material specifics. I'd certainly be very cautious and really check their products very thoroughly before purchasing....especially roof construction and potential problems related to water intrusion.
scbwr 11/01/19 06:37am Travel Trailers
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